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Vehicle Accidents on Construction Sites

Dedicated Lawyers Asserting the Rights of Injured New York Residents

Construction sites are often hazardous places. Supplies, equipment, and debris move in and out of busy work zones every day. In addition to facing the risk of falls, burns, and saw accidents, workers may be struck by commonly used motorized vehicles, such as trucks, forklifts, and bulldozers. Since many construction employees operate or work in close proximity to them, the risk of being harmed is high. If you were hurt in a vehicle accident while working on a New York building site, you need a skilled injury attorney to advocate on your behalf. For more than a decade, the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph, PLLC has assisted workers who were harmed on building sites throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island in pursuing the compensation that they deserve.

Vehicle Accidents on Construction Sites

According to data compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 30 percent of construction industry fatalities across the United States in 2012 involved a transportation incident. This includes collisions that occurred on and off a roadway as well as pedestrian accidents. Building site employees in New York and elsewhere may be struck by a vehicle or by heavy items, such as equipment that may fall from a truck. Construction workers may also become pinned under a piece of mobile equipment like a backhoe. Unfortunately, individuals who are involved in a vehicle accident on a work site can suffer burns, head trauma, paralysis, broken bones, and worse. However, you may be entitled to recover damages for your harm.

Take Legal Action to Seek Compensation

New York’s Labor Law places a duty on building owners and general contractors to protect the health and safety of all construction workers. As part of that duty, vehicles used for this work must be properly maintained, and the employees who operate them are required to receive appropriate training. If a developer, owner, or general contractor fails to protect the health and safety of a worker, he or she may be held financially responsible for any injuries that result. For example, if a general contractor chooses not to repair worn brakes on a dump truck, and a worker is run over because the driver of the vehicle could not stop, the contractor will likely be held responsible for the worker’s resulting harm. An injured construction employee may be entitled to receive compensation for his or her lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, and other damages.

In some situations, an individual who was hurt in a vehicle accident at a construction site also may have a damages claim against a third party, such as a delivery driver or equipment manufacturer. A person who was harmed by a third party’s negligent act or a defective product has up to three years from the date of the injury during which to file a lawsuit. If a victim fails to take action within that timeframe, he or she will typically be barred from recovering damages.

Sadly, a construction worker may be tragically killed in an accident at a building site. No amount of money can make up for the tragic loss of a loved one, but the personal representative of the deceased person’s estate may be entitled to seek financial compensation. This can cover any damages that the victim would have received if he or she had lived, as well as the costs associated with his or her funeral. To recover compensation, a wrongful death lawsuit must normally be filed within two years.

Discuss Your Accident Claim with a Tenacious White Plains Attorney

Regrettably, New York construction workers face a higher risk of job-related injuries and fatalities than people who are employed in any other industry. If you were hurt while working at a building site, you may be able to hold a range of individuals and entities accountable. The dedicated accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph are available to answer your questions and help you seek fair compensation. We have worked tirelessly for injured individuals in White Plains, as well as throughout Westchester County and other areas of New York. For a free consultation with an aggressive advocate, please contact us online or give us a call us toll-free at (877) 580-6636.

The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph